I can honestly say that I enjoyed this week. Don’t get me wrong, I love my washer and this challenge has given me a new sense of gratitude for it. Before this challenge I was expecting it to be near impossible and I met May 11th with excitement and dread. Excitement because I was going to learn something new and dread because no one seemed too fond of the idea.
When I asked around a few weeks prior to the challenge I was met with a lot of laughing and “Good Luck’s”. Everyone else made it seem like it was this impossible task that couldn’t be accomplished in modern times. Dare I say it almost seemed like it was beneath them to handwash their child’s soiled diapers. Why waste time washing diapers by hand when we have washing machines?
I did this challenge for a few reasons. Allow me to re-cap:
- I participated to raise awareness that, regardless of socioeconomic status, parents and caregivers can cloth diaper their children.
- To gain the skills I would need to successfully handwash my son’s diapers if we were in a situation that required it.
- To answer the question of whether or not I would cloth diaper, now in modern times, if I did not have access to a washer or dryer all the time.
- Every child deserves to have a clean diaper.
- Cloth diapering is affordable when using flats, receiving blankets, flour sack towels etc. and covers.
What did this challenge teach me?
This challenge taught me that anyone can cloth diaper and that flats are the most customizable diapers a person can use to diaper their child. I also learned that if I didn’t have access to a washer and dryer all the time, I would still cloth diaper my son using flats and covers. I know that at times it may become a daunting and tedious task but I started cloth diapering to save money.
I wasn’t aware of how many parents are already handwashing their child’s diapers until the challenge started. The Facebook group was a great resource for me because I was able to learn from other people’s experiences.
Now that I have been using flats for 2 weeks exclusively, I have decided that flats will make up the majority of our stash. They are simple, work well, wash well, and I get a perfect fit on my son every time. My son also has sensitive skin and since being in flats his skin has been much better!
I do think that anyone can handwash their child’s diapers. I think that it is doable, once a routine is found.
The one question I got asked a lot was “Doesn’t it take forever to handwash?”.
No, I can handwash 7 diapers, some wipes, and covers in less time it takes my washer to finish a cycle.
How did the challenge go for you? If you were unable to participate this year, will you try next year?